I wasn't planning on jumping into the New 52 DC Comics reboot as I'm more of a trade paperback kinda guy- they are a better value, and I'm a little miffed about the price of these. What happened to "Drawing the line at $2.99", DC?? Anyway, I'm always reading a pile of comics, being fresh back into them in the last year, and have been catching up on the 2 decades of comics I missed, the Silver & Bronze Age origins published before & right after I was born, and the work I missed while narrow-mindedly reading only Batman comics in high school. The shelves of books I've been reading in the past 12 months would blow your mind- I've quickly become a serious student of comic books. While other peers my age have been going back to school, I've expanding my knowledge of the history of comics- something I've always loved. But I thought I'd at least get a taste of these becuase it looked like fun and I'm the sporting type, and I was never offended at the idea of a reboot of the DC Universe. In spite of the public outcry, this seems to be going swimmingly for DC.
The Bubbs was lukewarm on Justice League in deciding what to follow among the New 52 title, but I'm really into the whole supergroup vibe, and so I'm feeling like I will be following this for now. I really like Jim Lee's artwork, and enjoyed author Geoff Johns' work on the Blackest Night books. As usual, I was late for the dance on the whole damned relaunch, but stumbled upon a lone copy at The Fantasy Shop- the clerk told me she loved it, and so did I. But hey- I dig on Justice League, so...
The heroes moments of discovering one another are a lot of fun, and intact remain a lot of the character's personality traits: Hal Jordan's egotism & impatient bravado, Batman's fearlessness, deductive mind, & skepticism, and for the brief moment introduced at the end, Superman's sheer power & confidence. Hal almost can't believe the existence of Batman upon discovering he's tracking the very same unauthorized extra terrestrial in his designated space sector. While he's following the Dark Knight detective around asking questions, Batman is casing the dangerous visitor while figuring the Green Lantern out from the ring up, which is unknowingly removed from Hal's finger by Batman himself at one point.
So far there have been no origin flashbacks, thankfully, and there really does seem to be a renewed sense of discovery in these powerful and "unknown" heroes. I get a tingle thinking about some kid reading about these characters right here in this book for the first time, and have done my best to think fresh in this way while reading. And that's no easy feat, even for an open minded artistic type such as myself, recently "reborn" into comics, harder yet for the cynical fanboy that was never down with the reboot.
Before meeting him, Batman has already expressed a distrust of the alien Kal-El to Hal, who whisks him away to Metropolis on a green jet construct produced by his power ring in search of the mysterious Superman. Hal's arrogance & lack of subtlety are quickly doused with disdain by the god-like Kryptonian. The last page below is one of my favorites, heralding further conflict with the two Earthlings that are about to discover the Man of Steel. What do I think of the new costume? It's fine, whatever... Look, if they're gonna do a reboot, they had to tweak the costumes. Like BubbaShelby said, the red shorts were a nice visual break from a design standpoint, and Chris Reeve in that red & blue outfit will always be the vision of my childhood superhero. That said, I love Jim Lee's figurative work, and all the thin section lines throughout the bodysuit. This looks cool...
Later the same day I found a pile of Batgirl #1 at a Toys 'R Us on the same day- it was $2.99... why the difference?? Lookit that cover by Adam Hughes- outstanding!!
More Later- Make It FUN!